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CIF tennis: Scorpions cast aside the Cents

Changes to Saugus’ lineup aren’t enough to beat foe

Posted: May 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Saugus boys tennis team wasn’t granted any favors in its first trip the postseason since 1996.

As a result, the Centurions turned to a bit of strategy for their match against Pacific View League-champion Adolfo Camarillo in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. 

Saugus stacked its doubles in an attempt to counter the Scorpions’ strong singles, but Camarillo pulled away late in the match for a 11-7 win on Wednesday in Camarillo.

“We knew that against a team as talented as Camarillo, there was a very small window of opportunity to win the match,” said Centurions head coach Allan Hardbarger. “We were right there with them until the end. There was just too much talent over there. But I’m really proud of the way the team competed out there against a league champion. We really kept our poise and did our best.”

Saugus (8-8) received a three-set sweep from its senior doubles team of Spencer Parks and Kevin Okimoto, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2, while the team of Sagie Mofsowitz and Grant Vaziri won two sets 7-5 and 6-0, and Chris MacDonald and Chris Poursayadi added two more 6-3 and 6-2.

Parks and Mofsowitz normally play as the Centurions’ Nos. 1 and 2 singles.

“We were hoping to take all nine doubles sets, and maybe Tristin (Thierry) could get a win, but we fell a little bit short,” Hardbarger said.

The two teams were tied 3-3 after the first round, but Camarillo (15-4) managed to chip off two doubles wins combined with its singles sweep to move ahead 8-4. Saugus rounded out the day splitting the final round 3-3.

The Centurions will graduate just three seniors off this year’s team, including Parks, Mofsowitz and Okimoto.

“Several of the guys were already talking about next season and how they were planning on taking lessons and going to summer tennis camps to improve,” Hardbarger said. “This was a great year, and they really want us to build off of it.”


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